There are so many tools that students can use – so I guess we have to start somewhere! Here are a list of tools that students should have the opportunity to learn to use effectively in the digital world of learning. It’s important to choose the education version where it’s available, in order to get ad-free versions of the online tools. Do you need convincing that that there’s a big world out there? Check out Go2Web20 – the complete Web 2.0 directory.
Top student resources
Wikispaces Wiki – A flexible ad-free wiki – not very visually appealing, but used a lot! Actually very customisable. Examples to visit can be found at Educational Wikis
http://www.wordpress.com – get your own blog here.
http://www.21classes.com/ – or here!
http://edublogs.org/ – or here!
http://www.tumblr.com/ – the easiest way of all to share information.
http://posterous.com/ – the fastest way of all to blog, mulitipost … and more via email
http://www.flickr.com – free image hosting – be ready to share and embed your images into your blogs and wikis.
http://www.photobucket.com – upload your images and video files for free.
FlickrCC – the nicest source of Creative Commons images from Flickr! link back to the source.
http://www.soundzabound.com/ – Soundzabound is the ONLY royalty free music library which meets all the licensing and technology requirements needed for education!
http://www.gliffy.com/ – easily create flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more!
http://www.slideshare.net – never loose a presentation again and add your voice commentary as well!
http://voicethread.com/#home – an online media album that allows people to make comments, either audio or text, and share them with anyone they wish. Open your VoiceThread account. Then go to upgrade the account – Go Pro! Be sure to look for K-12 Educators click here! because that will get you the free account.
http://www.glogster.com/edu/ – create interactive, hyperlinked, embeddable posters!
http://a.viary.com/tools – a collection of online tools to do a massive range of creative things.
http://animoto.com/education – unlimited videos for you and your students, where your video is a fully customized orchestration of user-selected images and music.
http://classtools.net/ – allows you to create free educational games, activities and diagrams in a Flash! Host them on your own blog, website or intranet! No signup, no passwords, no charge!
http://www.edmodo.com/ – Edmodo is a private micro-blogging platform for education.
http://www.flauntr.com/ – your chance to do great stuff with your photos!
http://www.zoho.com – Zoho is like office, but free, online and interactive.
http://www.google.com/notebook/ – Google Notebook – Clip and collect information as you browse the web
http://docs.google.com/ – Google Docs & Spreadsheats – Create, store and share documents and spreadsheets on the web
http://www.vodpod.com – search for online videos (YouTube, MySpace, Google etc). Create an account, keep them for yourself, or link them to you BLOG.
http://del.icio.us/ – forget saving bookmarks on your computer – go online and share!
http://www.mindomo.com – mindmapping and project planning tool. Files you create can be shared and developed collaboratively online.
http://mywebspiration.com/ – if you are familiar with Inspiration, then you will love this mind-mapping tool online. Adds online collaboration and chat to a much loved interface.
http://www.mindmeister.com/ – another wonderful online tool for mindmapping, brainstorming, revision, collaborative thinking and more.
http://www.bubbl.us/index – a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online.
http://gickr.com/ – create Animated GIF online, free, right now! Create fun slideshows. No need for flash.
http://www.les-stooges.org/pascal/pencil/ – Pencil – It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics.
http://fileurls.com/ – this is grand – 250MB file sharing, with time limit and password protection.
http://creativecommons.org – COPYRIGHT info that students need to know. Share, remix and reuse legally!!